If you have 3 quarters, 4 dimes, and 4 pennies, you have $1.19. You also have the largest amount of money in coins without being able to make change for a dollar.
In the average lifetime, a person will walk the equivalent of 5 times around the equator.
Odontophobia is the fear of teeth.
The 57 on Heinz ketchup bottles represents the number of varieties of pickles the company once had.
In the early days of the telephone, operators would pick up a call and use the phrase, "Well, are you there?". It wasn't until 1895 that someone suggested answering the phone with the phrase "number please?"
The surface area of an average-sized brick is 79 cm squared.
According to suicide statistics, Monday is the favored day for self-destruction.
Cats sleep 16 to 18 hours per day.
The most common name in the world is Mohammed.
It is believed that Shakespeare was 46 around the time that the King James Version of the Bible was written. In Psalms 46, the 46th word from the first word is shake and the 46th word from the last word is spear.
Karoke means "empty orchestra" in Japanese.
The Eisenhower interstate system requires that one mile in every five must be straight. These straight sections are usable as airstrips in times of war or other emergencies.
The first known contraceptive was crocodile dung, used by Egyptians in 2000 B.C.
If you yelled for 8 years, 7 months and 6 days, you would have produced enough sound energy to heat one cup of coffee.
The strongest muscle in proportion to its size in the human body is the tongue.
Every time you lick a stamp, you're consuming 1/10 of a calorie.
The human heart creates enough pressure when it pumps out to the body to squirt blood 30 feet.
Banging your head against a wall uses 150 calories an hour.
A person cannot taste food unless it is mixed with saliva. For example, if strong-tasting substance like salt is placed on a dry tongue, the taste buds will not be able to taste it. As soon as a dro;p of saliva is added and the salt is dissolved, however, a definite taste sensation results. This is true for all foods. Try it!
The average person falls asleep in seven minutes.
Your stomach has to produce a new layer of mucus every two weeks otherwise it will digest itself
On this day in 1776, a man named Isaac Ketcham began a long New York tradition. He plea-bargained his way out of jail by blowing the whistle on his co-conspirators. Ketcham was in jail on a counterfeiting charge but the plot he revealed had nothing to do with that. The plot that Ketcham revealed was a conspiracy to kill George Washington...led by none other than the commander of Washington's own bodyguard.
Washington was protected by an early form of the Secret Service, a crack team under the command of a charming, roguish Irishman (;ain't we all); named Thomas Hickey. Adding to his safety, Washington had a devoted housekeeper named Phoebe who was the daughter of his friend Sam Fraunces (;owner of Fraunces Tavern);. Add to that, the fact that George could count on Dave, the then Mayor of New York City (;in this case it was Dave Matthews);.
Hickey was not your typical Irishman. For example:; He liked a good drink (;he was in debt to several tavern owners);. He had a quick mind but couldn't resist a challenge (;he had several gambling debts);. He also had a glib tongue, could sing like an angel and could charm a dog off a meat wagon. Also he was easily bored, particularly by a revolution that was slow in starting.
So he applied his Celtic creativity to the area of design - with a specialization in the field of currency (;folks with less soul would later call it counterfeiting);.
When Washington started to catch on, Hickey decided to kill the man he was sworn to protect. He found support from the mayor who was really a Tory sympathizer. They engaged Fraunces daughter, Phoebe, to serve Washington a meal with poisoned peas.
Rather than kill her father's friend, she tipped Washington, who promptly tipped the plate out the window. Outside a couple of chickens promptly ate the poisoned peas and promptly tipped over and died. That raised Washington's suspicions but they could only pin a counterfeiting rap on Hickey. That is until Ketcham exposed the plot (;and another one...to enlist 700 Tory sympathizers in the Continental Army...who would then shoot Washington and most American troops at some key point of battle);. (;Mayor Matthews later escaped to England.); But Hickey was not so lucky. In less than a week he was hanged....the first American soldier executed for treason.
On this day in 1876, an aging Boy Wonder tried his best tactic one time too many. Fourteen years earlier he had become the nation's youngest Brigadier General at age 23. But that was the Civil War. Some even said he was "Grant, in a saddle." His opponents said, "The damn fool doesn't know when he's beaten, all he knows how to do is attack." In several charges he had his horse shot out from under him only to find a new mount and lead a new charge.
But when the war ended, the unio;n Army decided to prune its ranks, bloated with officers. He became a captain but soon rose to Lt. Colonel in the Indian campaigns. This would be a chance to recoup his former glory (;and an outside shot at high political office, maybe even the presidency);.
So, when the order came to move the Sioux out of some potential gold territories, he sensed his chance. And, when Crazy Horse defeated Gen. Crook at the Battle of Rosebud River on June 17th, the chance for fame loomed larger than ever. He split his force in three and moved his unit into Southeast Montana . There, a scout sighted a small Indian village. The scout had not been to an ophthalmologist in some time, unfortunately, and had clearly flunked out of "census school." The small village was almost the size of Chicago and looped all around the Little Big Horn.
Nonetheless, Lt. Col. Geo. Armstrong Custer decided not to wait for the expected reinforcements. He chose to go with his signature tactic, the frontal charge. Unfortunately, Crazy Horse had read Custer's press reports and therefore, surrounded this unit of the 7th Cavalry - forcing them to dismount and stand. Thus the man who had been the Nation's youngest Brigadier General and all 265 of his men died at this last stand. (;Ironically the only survivor was a horse belonging to an aide to Custer. What made it most ironic was the horse's name.."Comanche.");
On this day in 1721, an American doctor proposed a method to protect people from a plague-like disease. His name was Zabdiel Boylston and he lived, of course, in Boston . The disease was smallpox and it was the AIDS of its century. But Boylston noted that unlike AIDS there were mild cases and fatal cases. And, if you survived a mild case, you seemed to be immune.
So, on this day Boylston injected dro;plets of the sores from smallpox victims into several test humans. The humans he chose were his six year old son and two of his Negro servants. (;Talk about your living and working conditions.); Luckily, the test and the inoculations worked.
Flushed with success and encouraged by Cotton Mather, Boylston tried the same procedure on 247 Bostonians. Unfortunately, a few developed full blown smallpox and died.
Some 40 years later, Dr. Edward Jenner noticed that farmhands who had milked cows with cowpox seemed to be immune to smallpox. He tried inoculations of cowpox - with great success. Since these injections were cowpox they took on the name, in Latin, for cow. If you got past amo, amas, amat, you recall cow is vacca - so the injection became a vaccination.